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  • The Ontario Base Market Hog Price is averaging $181.02/ckg, 100 index, down slightly by $0.28/ckg from last week’s average due to a stronger Canadian dollar which is up 0.34 cents to 88.81 cents. The CME Constructed weekly average price of US$88.82/cwt. is up US$0.20/cwt. from last week.
  • The USDA Pork Cut-out Value is averaging US$92.79/cwt. which is down US$1.09/cwt. from last week’s average with loins, picnics and ribs up and the other 3 primals down.
  • US slaughter has averaged 2,226,021 the last three weeks but remains 4.3% below last year for the same weeks. Dressed weights moved to a 212 average which is 3 pounds above the same week last year.
  • Ontario market hog sales year to date continue to be up 2.7% over last year. First quarter sales were up 2%, second quarter up 5% and third quarter is up 2.8%. Dressed weights for the last 3 reported weeks have averaged 102.5 kg.
  • Current daily movement in the pork cut-out, narrower packer margins, cash price and nearby futures along with the expected seasonal trends, indicate next week’s price movement will be sideways.

Today’s Daily Prices are: (Wednesday)

  • Ontario Base Market Hog Price – C$180.99ckg, 100 index
  • CME Constructed Price – US$88.82/cwt.
  • Noon-Hour Bank of Canada Canadian Dollar value – 89 cents

Ontario has seen very few new reports on the PED front in the last months; however, given the virulence of the virus and its increased persistence in cold weather, additional cases might be expected as winter approaches.  Proper biosecurity remains the best tool to prevent the spread of this virus.  Pork producers and industry stakeholders must continue to be diligent in order to limit the impact of PED in Ontario. It’s critical that everyone follow strict biosecurity procedures at all times. These include the following:

  • Ensure all incoming pigs are from a PED negative farm.
  • Follow and enforce proper entry protocols. Dedicated barn boots and coveralls must be available for all staff and visitors. Use a Danish Entry System that allows for unidirectional flow of staff and visitors entering the barn. A hand wash or hand sanitizer should be available upon entry.
  • If using deadstock pickup, ensure carcasses are picked up off-site. Wash and disinfect equipment used to transfer carcasses from barn to deadstock bin.
  • Ensure transporters are following your farm’s protocol for trailer sanitation. A washed and disinfected trailer will reduce the risk of disease transmission to your farm. Refer to ‘Cold Weather Trailer Disinfection Procedures’ available from OPIC. Communicate biosecurity protocols to any service providers visiting your farm.
  • Refer to the National Swine Farm-level Biosecurity Standard and discuss your biosecurity plan with your veterinarian.
  • Monitor your herd for clinical signs of the disease, particularly vomiting and diarrhea. Call your veterinarian immediately with any concerns. They will advise you on what to do next.

Information on PED, including links to biosecurity protocols, and other best practices related to deadstock and manure handling, etc., are available at www.Ontario.ca/swine. You can also subscribe to this blog and follow @ONswineinfo on Twitter for updates and links to resources.

This virus is very persistent and easily travels with snow and slush. It will require a dedicated effort to keep this one under control, and off your farm, over the coming winter.

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Planning is underway for the annual Centralia Swine Research Update:

Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Kirkton-Woodham Community Centre
Kirkton Ontario

Subscribe to this blog or follow us on Twitter @ONswineinfo to receive updates as the program is finalized. Past proceedings available at http://www.centraliaswineresearch.ca.

Reposted from an Ontario Pork Industry Council Notice

A new PED case has been diagnosed in Ontario. This is the first new case diagnosed in Ontario since July. Clinical signs were seen at a farrow to finish farm in Middlesex Monday November 10th. Samples were taken Monday evening and laboratory confirmation was received November 12th. The most significant risk factor for this farm was pig transport. The producer and his veterinarian have developed a control and elimination plan for the farm and have notified key service providers.

Please review your biosecurity procedures on farm. Use of unwashed trucks is a significant risk for PEDV transmission.

Our thanks to the producer for his rapid response and transparency as we work together as an industry to control and eliminate PED cases in Ontario this fall and winter.

Cold Weather Trailer Disinfection Procedures provides details about proper trailer disinfection.

The income shown for the market pig in the recently posted October 2014 OMAFRA Swine budget was $244.45, up over $52.00 from the October 2013 Swine Budget. The difference was realized through an increased market pig base price (up $40/ckg, 100 index) and a heavier dressed carcass weight (up 3.54 kg). The increased market hog income along with a decreased farrow to finish feed cost (down $7.83 per market pig) led to a net return improvement of over $60 per market hog from October 2013. For more information see the 2014 October Monthly Swine Budget on the OMAFRA website:

http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/livestock/swine/facts/info-b-oct2014.pdf

You can subscribe to receive the monthly budgets (and the bimonthly Pork News and Views newsletter) by email here:

http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/subscribe/index.html

 

 

·        The Ontario Base Market Hog Price is averaging $182.81/ckg, 100 index, down $7.78/ckg from last week’s average. Downward pressure is from a lower CME Constructed weekly average price of US$88.76/cwt. (down US$5.17/cwt. from last week) but support is coming from a lower Canadian dollar weekly average of 88.78 cents (up 1.36 cents from last week’s average).
·        The USDA Pork Cut-out Value is averaging US$96.50/cwt. which is down US$2.01/cwt. from last week’s average with all primals being down except for ribs.
·        US slaughter has averaged 2,173,527 the last three weeks but remains 4.4% below last year for the same weeks. Dressed weights averaged 212 pounds the last two reported weeks which is 5.5 pounds above the same weeks last year. 
·        Ontario market hog sales year to date continue to be up 2.7% over last year. First quarter sales were up 2%, second quarter up 5% and third quarter is up 2.8%. Dressed weights for the last 2 reported weeks have averaged 102.5 kg.
·        Current daily movement in the pork cut-out, cash price and nearby futures indicate next week’s price movement will be down.
 
Today’s Daily Prices are:
·        Ontario Base Market Hog Price – C$182.11ckg, 100 index
·        CME Constructed Price – US$88.07/cwt.
·        Noon-Hour Bank of Canada Canadian Dollar value – 87.54 cents

This article was originally posted on Field Crop News (http://fieldcropnews.com/2014/10/2014-grain-corn-ear-mould-and-vomitoxin-survey). Written by Greg Stewart and Albert Tenuta.

The OMAFRA Field Crops team has completed the survey of the 2014 Ontario corn crop to determine ear mould incidence and the occurrence of mycotoxins in the grain. These mycotoxins, particularly vomitoxin (DON) produced primarily by Gibberella/Fusarium ear moulds, are grading factors and can be disruptive when fed to livestock, especially hogs.

 
202 samples were collected from October 14 to October 17, 2014 from corn fields across the province. In each field, 2 random areas were selected: in each area 10 consecutive ears were hand harvested and bagged. In fields with several hybrids, representative samples were taken from two areas for each hybrid (maximum of 4 hybrids per field). The 20-ear samples were then immediately dried and shelled. The resultant sample was thoroughly mixed and a sub-sample provided to A&L Laboratories in London for vomitoxin (DON) analysis.

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